[ISEA2013] Artists Statement: Shane Fahey, Evan Carr, David Carr & Honi Ryan – time: a token of constancy

Artists Statement

In this fascinating look at – or rather listen to – time, Shane Fahey collaborates with horologist Evan Carr and recording engineer David Carr and collectively they entertain whether time is “an increment of revolutions or a lagging magnification of vibration”. Fahey comments that “its image as a series of numbers seems to be such a useful aid for setting up activities but the sound of ticking is so delightfully paranoid!” He sees analogue timepieces as early robots, “many faced harmonic character[s] with proto-intelligence”, a “mesh of teeth and tiny fields of electromagnetic current … abject personalities with bare bones drive”. In this work they lay aside “notion[s] of productivity and equation with money”, and explore the pitch perception implications of different microphone characteristics located in close proximity to such timepieces; the shifting phase relationships between two or more timepieces sharing the same ‘sound stage’; and natural and artificial stereophonic images of two movements.
Shane Fahey: Conceptual Artist/Sound Engineer
Evan Carr: Horologist/Radio Broadcaster
David Carr: Musician/Sound Engineer
Honi Ryan: Visual Imagery

Audio:  Time – A Token of Constancy

  • Shane Fahey was part of the emerging electronic & industrial music scene in Sydney. He played and recorded in The Makers of The Dead Travel Fast from 1979-82 and then Scattered Order from 1982-84 on legendary post-punk label M Squared.  In 1984 he and Rik Rue co-founded Social Interiors who released 3 cassettes of cut-up, turntables and environmental recordings on Pedestrian Tapes. They continued crafting their aural narratives soundscapes in the 1990s with Julian Knowles, releasing 3 CD albums on Extreme & 1 CD album on Endgame. Shane’s background in acoustic design and sound engineering has evolved into composition and sound design work for installation, theatre and performance art works for various musicians, performance artists, video makers & composers – including Jamie Fielding, Sherri Delys, Machine For Making Sense, Tess de Quincey, Linda Wallace (Machine Hunger), Internalised Cities, Andree Greenwell, Virginia Hilyard, Tegan Northwood and Honi Ryan. His solo works The Slated Pines (Endgame – 2010) and Twin Korg: Water Drip Code (IceAge Productions – 2012) are experimental albums using field recordings, samples and routing C.V. analogue synthesisers with an emphasis on the stereophonic image of the source sound field.
  • Evan Carr’s involvement with the world of radio broadcasting came about due to his passion for music, and because people often said he’d be good at it. Turns out he was rather good at it and after 10 years of broadcasting on Melbourne community radio 3PBS FM, has produced close to 400 shows. His current program The Art of BLEEP! has been broadcasting since 2008 at midnight every Sunday and features a wide variety of local and international sounds in the electronic and electro-acoustic vein. Within the confines of broadcasting, Evan has often challenged the audience and himself by on-air experimentation with audio collages and multi-source performances live in the studio to expand the concept of musical interpretation and involvement. pbsfm.org.au/artofbleep
  • A talented multi-instrumentalist in his own right, music producer David Carr‘s mission is to make every production hold its own both artistically and sonically against the world’s stage and all within an Australian budget. He brings 25 years of experience and the benefit of having learnt his craft whilst under the guidance of experienced producers and engineers and paid for by the long gone era of 1980s record company excess. It is common for music industry captains to assume David’s mixes are American or that his studio is all analog tape based. David is quick to remind us that all recorded musical sound must begin as a vision in the mind in order to take shape, so tools are only there to help one realise that sound in the organic environment. In 1998 David acquired a studio business and began Rangemaster, an analog and digital recording and production workshop in Melbourne’s east. In 2001 David produced  Antiskeptic’s Memoirs and the single Called became a JJJ Hottest 100 CD inclusion at number 11. In 2004 David produced Kisschasy’s Darkside EP which received mainstream airplay and catapulted  the band to national success. They signed  to John Watson’s group. In 2006 David was recruited by Taxiride to co-produce their 3rd album Axiomatic, which delivered the hit Oh Yeah.
  • Honi Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Australia. She works across media-arts, performance, social sculpture and installation and is interested in art as alternative models for living. Her work has cross cultural concerns and approaches the body in dialogue with electronic media, a body that is both an organism and a part of social behaviour. Ryan has performed and exhibited in 8 countries in traditional and non-traditional contexts. She received a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours I from Sydney College of the Arts, where she was awarded the University Medal in 2007. She also studied at Cologne International School of Design, Germany and is currently an MFA candidate at the Transart Institute, Berlin and New York.